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Lagos Explosion: No Bethlehem Girls College Student Died – Catholic Archdiocese


Chief Shepherd of Archdiocese, Most. Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins has said that no student of Bethlehem Girls College died in the Sunday explosion at Abule Ado, Lagos that killed many and left several other people homeless.

”All the students of  Bethlehem Girls College school were reported safe,” said Martins.

He explained that with the help of the first respondents, all the students were rescued and some that were injured were rushed to the hospitals while others have been released to their parents.

Rev. Martins said:  “We want to state that all students in the school were reported safe. Those who sustained injuries were promptly attended to in various hospitals within the environs.

“We are getting our Education Department along with the Administrators of other Archdiocesan schools to see how the students of Bethlehem Girls College can be accommodated in other schools so that their education is not disrupted.

The incident occurred while the students and staff were at Sunday Mass. The church, however, confirmed the death of the school’s Administrator, Rev. Sr. (Dr.) Henrietta Alokha, and a female security guard who both paid the supreme price while trying to ensure the safety of the students.”

”During the incident, the priest who was celebrating the Mass helped in rescuing the students and himself.”

Commenting on the properties destroyed, Rev. Alfred said that the Staff quarters, Administrative Building, the cafeteria and hostel buildings were levelled to the ground.

”As a result of the impact of the explosion, no essential building is standing except the convent housing the nuns in charge of the school.

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”The Church thanked the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Nigeria Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Red Cross and the various Security Agencies for their prompt response.

“We are grateful to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his call to express the sympathy of the government and for setting up a committee to investigate issues surrounding the explosion.”




















































































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